Welcome to the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra

Our mission is to enrich, engage and educate through the power and performance of live music.

The vision of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra serves as a center of artistic excellence; through leadership and partnerships, nourishes spirits, develops intellectual and creative capital, adding value for all.
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Feb 21 - 1:51 pm
Here's a chance to win free tickets to our concert this Saturday night! See below how to enter the drawing. Thank you Silvertree, LLC Retirement Planning for sponsoring the CWSO!!!



Feb 20 - 11:46 am
Volume 2 of CWSOunds arrived at our office today! We will be handing them out at our concerts this Saturday and Sunday. We have dedicated this issue to Dr. Patrick Miles to honor his 17 years as our Music Director. He will be retiring at the end of this season. See you at Friends & Favorites! Special thank you to Spectra Print and Jenny Vanden Heuvel for their invaluable help with CWSOunds. Photo credit- John Hartman.



Feb 19 - 3:31 pm
Ellen Hilgendorf, winner of "So You Think You Can Conduct" has her score and is ready to step onto the podium to conduct CWSO this weekend. Want to know what she's conducting? Come this Saturday at 7:30 or this Sunday at 4:00 to find out!!! You won't be disappointed! Tickets available here- https://cwso.secure.force.com/ticket



Feb 14 - 11:45 am
It's a special day for music lovers...because we're exactly one month away from the Dorothy Vetter Memorial Education Concerts for Fourth Graders! On March 14, over 1800 students will visit Sentry Theater to hear the CWSO perform Link Up: The Orchestra Sings. We are so excited to make music with the fourth graders of Portage, Wood, Waushara, Waupaca, Marathon, and Shawano counties! #orchestrasings



Feb 13 - 3:20 pm
Friends & Favorites Saturday Feb. 23 at 7:30 pm and Sunday Feb. 24 at 4:00 pm



Feb 13 - 11:07 am
The CWSO continues its 70th season on February 23 & 24 with "Friends & Favorites." Under the direction of Dr. Patrick Miles, the CWSO welcomes two guest artists and long-time friends of the orchestra; Susan Bender, soprano, and Michael Keller, piano. Susan Bender, professor of voice at UW-Stevens Point, will perform "Knoxville: Summer of 1915" by Samuel Barber, a poetic evocation from the perspective of a young boy on a warm, humid evening in the American South. Michael Keller, Professor Emeritus of piano at UW-Stevens Point, will perform Gerald Finzi's pastoral masterpiece, "Eclogue for Piano and Strings." The concert will open with Carl Maria Von Weber's "Overture to Der Freischutz, Op. 77", a piece that defines German romantic opera tradition. The concert will conclude with "Firebird Suite"(1919 version) by Igor Stravinsky, originally a 50 minute ballet composed for the Ballets Russes company (under the direction of Sergei Diaghilev) in 1910, later revised into shorter orchestral suites. The story is about the blessing and curse of whomever possesses the firebird, based upon Russian fairy tales. In addition to these works, the winner of 2018-19 "So You Think You Can Conduct" contest, Ellen Hilgendorf, will step on the podium to conduct the CWSO in a surprise offering. The concerts will take place at Sentry Theater, 1800 Northpoint Drive, Stevens Point. Performances are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Entertainment during intermission will be provided by students from the Wausau Conservatory of Music. Tickets are available here: https://cwso.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S61000005iBYBEA2
Feb 5 - 2:30 pm
The CWSO would like to announce the winner of our "So You Think You Can Conduct" contest. Congratulations to Ellen Hilgendorf! She received a total of 709 votes! She will be stepping on the podium to conduct the orchestra in a surprise piece at our Feb. 23 and 24 concerts. We'd like to ackowledge all three of our candidates for their efforts in campaigning for the CWSO. Thank you Ellen Hilgendorf, Sean Caldwell, and Tonya Haze!



Jan 29 - 12:27 am
Rehearsal for 1/29/19 is cancelled. UWSP is shutting down.
Jan 24 - 12:22 pm
We're down to the wire with our "So You Think You Can Conduct" competition. The competition ends February 4. The winner will be announced at our February 23 and 24 concerts and make his/her conducting debut! Here is our current tally for votes: Ellen Hilgendorf- 589 votes Sean Caldwell- 292 votes Tonya Haze- 85 votes Have you voted for your favorite candidate? It's not too late! Here is the link: https://cwso.secure.force.com/donate/?dfId=a0n61000007fvKKAAY Just enter the candidate's name you wish to support in the dedication acknowledgement area.



Jan 4 - 9:45 am
TONIGHT at 7:30 pm in Michelsen Hall- come hear some of the finest jazz performers in Central Wisconsin perform an array of works by women composers.


Feb 21 - 1:51 pm
Here's a chance to win free tickets to our concert this Saturday night! See below how to enter the drawing. Thank you Silvertree, LLC Retirement Planning for sponsoring the CWSO!!!